What wording should you choose for your wedding invitation? Well, that depends:

  • Is it formal?
  • Or casual?
  • Is your ceremony in a church or at a secular location?
  • Who is hosting the wedding?
  • Do you want to follow traditional wording etiquette?
  • Or do you prefer a more fun tone?

If you are following a more traditional approach here are a few things to consider:

  • Who is hosting the wedding? If the parents of the bride and groom are hosting the bride’s parents are listed first. If the bride and groom are hosting together with their families you could write something like this: Together with their families BRIDE & GROOM invite you to join them as they exchange vows etc. Names of parents are usually not mentioned if the bride and groom are hosting the event themselves.
  • If your wedding ceremony is taking place in a church or house of worship a formal wording such as ‘request the honour of your presence’ is traditionally used. If your ceremony is at a secular location use a more informal ‘request the pleasure of your company’ or ‘joyfully invite you to share in our celebration of love and commitment’.
  • The brides name ALWAYS comes first! Use the first and any middle names as well as the last names of the bride and groom for a traditional invitation.
  • The date and time as well as the year should be spelled out. If you are not sticking to the completely traditional format feel free to mix numerical and written out dates and times.
  • The ceremony address should be double and triple proof read! You don’t want your guests to be lost on your wedding day. If your location is pretty hard to find consider adding a seperate information card with a map to your wedding stationery.
  • Advise your guests if there will be a reception after the ceremony. If the reception is being held at a different venue than the ceremony you should include this information on a separate reception card.

One In A Million Wedding Invitation

Here are a few more formal wording samples:

__________________

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lewis Cameron
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
BRIDE
to
GROOM
DATE
YEAR
TIME
PLACE
__________________

Your love and friendship have
helped us become who we are.
Together with our parents,
we invite you to share our joy
and support our love,
as we exchange vows and
celebrate our marriage.
BRIDE
and
GROOM
DATE
TIME
PLACE

A celebration with dinner, drinks
and dancing will follow.
__________________

The Myer and Jones families invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting
their children
BRIDE
and
GROOM
DATE
YEAR
TIME
PLACE

Reception immediately
following ceremony
__________________

Dr & Mrs George Smith
and Mr & Mrs John Meyer
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
BRIDE
and
GROOM
DATE
YEAR
TIME
PLACE

Reception to follow
__________________

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them
Loved and encouraged them,
We, Mum and Dad of bride and Mum and Dad of groom
Ask you to join us in honoring our children
BRIDE
And
GROOM
As they celebrate the beginning of their adventures together
DATE
TIME
LOCATION

Bring your dancing shoes
Dinner and music immediately following ceremony
__________________

Join us for our big day!
With joyous hearts,
BRIDE & GROOM
invite you to attend
our wedding celebration
TIME
DATE
PLACE

Reception, dinner, and happily ever after to follow

Can't Help Falling In Love- Wedding Invitation

If you are going for a more humorous tone, well, anything really goes! Go as crazy and unconventional as you feel you can get away with, but these few things need to be mentioned:

  • who is getting married
  • dates and times
  • location
  • call to action: how will your guests let you know if they are attending or not- include a rsvp card, wedding website url or phone number

Here are a few wording samples for the unconventional:

__________________

Please join us for a wonderful evening of celebration and marriage
BRIDE and GROOM
DATE
PLACE
Frolic and fun to follow!
___________________

He asked, she said yes…
or was it the other way around?
However it happened
BRIDE
and
GROOM
are getting married
and they ask you to join them
on DATE
at TIME
PLACE
Wedding Website
__________________

You are totally invited to the wedding of
BRIDE & GROOM
DATE
TIME
PLACE

ceremony followed by dinner, drinks, and awkward but enthusiastic dancing
__________________

BRIDE & GROOM
Invite you to join the fun
As they stand together with sweaty hands & open hearts
extending their friendship to include the vows of marriage.
LOCATION and TIME
Dinner, dancing, and merriment to follow
RSVP
__________________

BRIDE & GROOM
Sittin’ inna tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First came love,
Now comes marriage.
So…
They are goin to the chapel,
and are gonna get ma-a-arried.

Put your glad rags on and join us
We’ll have fun when the clock strikes two.
Our hands are shakey and our knees are weak,
Who do you thank when you have such luck?
Bells will ring, the sun will shine.
I’ll be his and he’ll be mine.
From the day we say I do,
We’ll love until the end of time,
And we’ll never be lonely anymore.

Please join us on
DATE
TIME
PLACE
__________________

BRIDE & GROOM

we’re getting married!
you should totally come!

it’s in PLACE
on DATE
at TIME

head to
WEDDING WEBSITE
for more info.

we can’t wait
to see you there!
__________________

no church, no aisle, no chairs…
just two crazy people in a field
vowing to each other a lifetime
of fun and random misadventures
please join us as we commit ourselves!
BRIDE & GROOM
TIME
DAY
PLACE
Visit our website for more information!
WEBSITE

What would you include on your wedding invitation? What is the best, or most fun wording you have read? We all want to know, so please share in the comments below…

P.S.: Just a bit of wedding song inspiration… ;)

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